Myrmica orthostyla

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Myrmica orthostyla
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Myrmicinae
Tribe: Myrmicini
Genus: Myrmica
Species: M. orthostyla
Binomial name
Myrmica orthostyla
Arnol'di, 1976

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Radchenko and Elmes (2010) - M. orthostyla lives at quite high altitudes (about 2500 m) in various kinds of mountains steppes. Nests were built in soil, usually under stones. Based on collecting data, males were found in the nests in September, which indicates that mating flights are in late summer (August-September).

Identification

A member of the tibetana group. It is very similar to Myrmica tenuispina, but differs from it mainly by the thin, straight, long, stick-like propodeal spines. (Radchenko and Elmes 2010)

Keys including this Species

Distribution

Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Palaearctic Region: Kyrgyzstan (type locality), Russian Federation.

Distribution based on AntMaps

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Distribution based on AntWeb specimens

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Biology

Castes

Nomenclature

The following information is derived from Barry Bolton's New General Catalogue, a catalogue of the world's ants.

  • orthostyla. Myrmica orthostyla Arnol'di, 1976a: 552, fig, 8 (w.q.m.) KYRGYZSTAN. See also: Tarbinsky, 1976: 27; See also: Radchenko & Elmes, 2010: 210.

Unless otherwise noted the text for the remainder of this section is reported from the publication that includes the original description.

Description

Etymology

Radchenko and Elmes (2010) - the name is a combination of the Greek words orthos = straight and stylos = pillar or pole, to describe the straight stick or pole-like propodeal spines.

References

  • Radchenko, A.G. & Elmes, G.W. 2010. Myrmica ants of the Old World. Fauna Mundi 3: 1-789.
  • Tarbinsky, Y. S. 1976. The ants of Kirghizia. Frunze: Ilim, 217 pp. (page 27, see also)